Monday, January 19, 2009

Hispanic immigrant life depicted in photo exhibit

Photos Exhibit depict everyday lives of Hispanic immigrants living in MS
By Danielle Thomas Jan 17, 2009

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The people behind an upcoming exhibit say they hope to use art as a way to break down barriers that divide our community. Volunteers spent today working on a photo project called "Opening doors: A photographic look of what we all have in common."

Organizers say Hispanic immigrants living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were asked to take pictures depicting their every day lives like working, shopping and spending time with family. Some of the pictures will be on display at an exhibit is planned for Sunday night. Organizers say they hope to show people how much we all have in common.

Anne Kotleba is one of the organizers.

"I think everyone deserves a voice. I think this is an opportunity to bridge that gap using a language like art. It doesn't matter who is behind the lense, but it's what you're seeing and what you're viewing that is really important," Kotleba said.

Organizers say the photo project is a partnership between the Ohr-O'Keefe museum, El Pueblo and about a dozen community members.

The exhibit will be Sunday night at PJ's Coffee House in Gulfport at 6 p.m.

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